Virtual Summit: Sensory Health in Early Childhood

Registration Open Through
November 16
$129 Regular Tickets

November 2, 9, & 16, 2023

Thursdays | 8:00AM-12:00PM MT

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AOTA CEUs are available as an add-on of $45.

ASHA CEUs are available as an add-on of $75.

This multi-day interactive summit provides insights into the impacts and vital need for the understanding and implementation of sensory health in early childhood development. Our experts will dive into today's most relevant topics including sensory emotional awareness and engagement, parent-child relationships, regulation, toilet learning, and much more. Clinicians and educators will share the most up-to-date knowledge on strategies, cutting-edge research findings, and first person experiences all focused on supporting sensory differences and improving overall success, health, and wellness.

Participants will have access to our 3-day agenda consisting of 12 hours of pre-recorded presentations, extended expert panels, LIVE Q&A with speakers, and an interactive workshop.


Day 1 | Thursday | November 2nd 

Sensory Health, Relationships & Co-occupation: Promoting Self-regulation through Early Shared Experiences | Dr. Kris Pizur-Barnekow

Enriching Environments for Young Children: A Look at Sensory, Regulation, and Relational StrategiesAriel Harris & Kaitlyn Darbe

Sensory, Speech, and Play: Considerations for 0-5 years | Carrie Dishlip

Toilet Learning In Neurodivergent ChildrenAnna Miller

Day 2 | Thursday | November 9th

Anxiety in Early Childhood and Sensory Processing DisordersDr. Lori Annes

Shall We Dance?: Using the DIR Framework to Understand the Power of Parent-child Play and Interaction Eunice Lee

The Fundamentals of Feeding in Infants | Erin Ross

Insights from Parent Advocates: Nurturing Sensory Well-being in Young Children | Erin Schneider, Nic King, and Meghan Ashburn

Day 3 | Thursday | November 16th

Supporting Early Development Using an Interoception LensRenee Allen

Sensory Emotional Personalities: A Sensory Motor Lens to Attachment and Goodness of Fit Michele Parkins & AnnMarie Murphy

EXPERT PANEL - Using the Clinical Lens: Examining Importance of Sensory Health for the Young Child | Mim Ochsenbein, Dr. Virginia Spielmann, Maura Mooneyham, Renee Allen, and Michele Parkins

Get to Know Our 2023 Speakers: (Speaker Disclosure Statements)

Speaker - Mim Ochsenbein

Mim Ochsenbein
Clinical Director
STAR Institute


Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

Virginia Spielmann 
PhD, OTR/L (she/her)
Executive Director
STAR Institute


Speaker - Renee Allen

Renee Allen
Occupational Therapist
ROOTS Pediatric
Occupational Therapy

Speaker - Kris Barnekow

Kris Pizur-Barnekow
Infant Family Specialist;
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Speaker - Anna Miller

Anna Miller
Occupational Therapist
STAR Institute


Michele Parkins

Michele Parkins
Occupational Therapist
Great Kids Place


Speaker - Erin Schneider

Erin Schneider
Founder and CEO of
Mountain Summit Coaching


Speaker - Meghan Ashburn

Meghan Ashburn
Author and Educational


Speaker - Carrie Dishlip

Carrie Dishlip
CCC-SLP (she/her)
Speech Language Pathologist
STAR Institute

Speaker - Nic King

Nic King (She/they) 
Director of PANDASonline and
creator of NeuroBears 



Speaker - Maura Mooneyham

Maura Mooneyham
M.S., OTR/L, CLC (she/her)
Occupational Therapist


Speaker - Kaitlyn Darbe

Kaitlyn Darbe
OTR/L (she/her)
Occupational Therapist
STAR Institute

Speaker - Ariel Harris

Ariel Harris
OTD (She/her)
Occupational Therapist
STAR Institute

Speaker - Lori Annes

Lori Annes
PhD (she/her)
Physical Therapist
Can DO Kids Inc.

Speaker - Erin Ross

Erin Ross
Speech Language Pathologist
Feeding Fundamentals


Speaker - Eunice Lee

Eunice Lee
RSW (she/her)
Social Worker


Speaker - AnnMarie

AnnMarie Murphy
Adjunct Professor
Temple University


 Thank you to our 2023 Exhibitors & Sponsors


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Sponsor - Dreampad Tumbl Trak Sense It Logo
Sponsor - Landscape Structures Inc Sponsor - Jurassic Sands Sponsor - Theratrak
Sponsor - Calm Strips Sponsor - Sensational Spaces Sponsor - Joeys Heart
Sponsor - Bodywork Sponsors - Smunchies Sponsor - Neurobears

Who Should Attend:

Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, child development specialists, mental health professionals, parents, caregivers, and other individuals seeking a better understanding of Sensory Health in Early Childhood Development.

Group Discount
Register 5 or more participants in a group and automatically receive a 10% discount!

Use the promotional code SUMMITGROUP23 upon checkout to automatically receive the discount on 5 or more registrations.

If participants of the group must pay separately, please:

  1. Register all participants separately
  2. Send the names of all participants in your group to Pam Frakes at by October 27, 2023
  3. Once at least 5 registrations are received, each person will be partially refunded for the discounted amount

Groups must be determined and paid in full before the start of the conference.

Continuing Education


STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA CEUs Pending.